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~“The birth of a child with a disability or chronic illness, or the discovery that a child has a disability, has a profound effect on a family. Children suddenly must adjust to a brother or sister who, because of their condition, may require a large portion of family time, attention, money, and psychological support." An estimated seven million "typically developing" American children have siblings with disabilities. These children face many of the same challenges — and joys — as their parents, but they also face other problems. Some resent the extra demands placed on them at an early age by their disabled siblings, and many feel neglected by their often overburdened parents.
Our Support Group.....
Our Support Group
brings"seasoned" Parents alongside Parents with newly diagnosed or younger children. We occasionally offer workshops that assist parents on their educational journey.
Our Support Group is open to the entire family.
Children enjoy "social time" while engaging in free play with other siblings and special needs loved ones while parents and caregivers are meeting...
We have many conversations on varying issues that impact our lives....from simple to complex....in a very, relaxing environment.
~Meet Luau Larry, Special Blessings newest Friend. What does Larry have to do with Special Blessings? He’s different…and so are we.
Larry wants to teach others that we are ALL different and how each of us should embrace those who may just be a little more different than ourselves. It’s fun and interesting when you can spend time learning about new things and people and, most of all, you’ll be glad that you did.
Larry says, "What if a box of crayons only had the color GRAY? Our drawings would be pretty boring. Our pictures show their true beauty when the box is filled with ALL of the DIFFERENT colors and it is the DIFFERENCE that makes the picture perfect."
Great Quote to remember... “A friend is a present you give yourself.”
–Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
Roxanne S. is the Founder/ Executive Director. She too has a son with developmental disabilities whom serves as her own special blessing and inspiration.
~Here we will include a list of names of some of the people who run our organization. We might also include a picture and brief description of their background and interests.
Tammy Z.- Ambassador
The Goals of Special Blessings are to:
* Strengthen and educate children and adults with developmental disabilities through communication, education, referral services and social interaction.
* Encourage families to become active participants within their community and
educate others around them.
* Assist adults with disabilities in obtaining permanent housing.
* Assist adults and children with disabilities to grow to their fullest potential.
~"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
~Our Families of Faith Group..... Did you know???…
“About 80 percent of people with disabilities do not attend church regularly. That means that the percentage of people with disabilities in churches is less than the percentage of people with disabilities in the population at large. Currently, only 12 percent of churches have ministries for those with special needs, a rapidly growing population now numbering 650 million worldwide.” This number only reflects the disabled loved ones. Not the effect that this has on the entire family. What about Mom? Dad? Their Brothers & Sisters? Our Families of Faith Group brings families together that desire to share their Faith and Prayers. This is an opportunity to strengthen one another on their Christian journey. ( Meeting Times Vary )
Lisa S.- Team Leader
Mary G. is our
improving family life...
Sharing Information, knowledge and understanding!
Giving Hope, Strengthening Families, and Making a Difference!
~We have OUTSTANDING Volunteers!
They put the "Special" in our "Blessings!"
~“Having a special-needs child not only requires expensive, life-long therapy for the child -- but marital therapy as well. A little-known fact is that the divorce rates for parents with special-needs children are tragically high. According to the documentary Autism Every Day, the divorce rates for these parents soar to as much as 80 percent. A recent study in The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology revealed that parents of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is 8 years-old.” Families are often taxed beyond the norm as they have the challenge of meeting the special need of their loved one (therapy is normally 24/7), advocating for and knowing where to find services and meeting the needs of their non disabled children. Quality Family Time is often placed on the "back burner" as the family is normally "tapped out" or just simply exhausted.
It's a Very Challenging World!
Tracy C.- Team Leader
~Our Family Fun Activities Group......
Our Family Fun Group Meets for Activities such as, roller skating, bowling and park visits. Our Families have enjoyed visits to the North Carolina Zoo and Fort Fisher Aquarium. The hi-lite of our year is a visit from our friends, Cowboy's for Christ and our annual Christmas Party.
**Special Blessings serves Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities.***
A developmental disability occurs before the age of 22, will likely last a lifetime, and results in limitations in 3 or more of the following areas: self-care, language (hearing and speaking), ability to live independently, learning, mobility, and ability to earn a living or hold a job. Some examples of developmental disability are: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation or Downs Syndrome
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